Old Country Life Decorating~Reuse, Redo Don't Buy New.

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Old Country Life Decorating Reusing Old Stuff

The way I decorate and I try to use what we have. I'm not a good decorator, but I do try. I like the house to look homey and I like the country look or shabby chic. I love old stuff. I like to reuse, redo and make things look like new. I'm always recycling everything I find.

I love buying items cheap and doing what I can with them. I really love old furniture. Whatever I can reuse I will use. I will redo an old cabinet, dresser or table. Oh, don't get me wrong it's not that I don't believe in new at all. There are times when you have no choice to buy new. When appliances go out you're better off to buy new their energy efficient. New appliances are energy efficient. New mattresses, I won't buy them from yard sales.

We have an old farmhouse that we are in the middle of remodeling and have been for three years. We will be remodeling ten years from now.

Old Chair

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This old chair

This old chair is one of two that we picked up along the highway in Michigan. We were driving along on vacation when I spotted them. I yelled to my husband "stop". There they were sitting on the highway with $2.00 on them. They were dirty and torn.

Thank goodness someone was home and we bought them. Loaded them in our small car. Good thing I have an understanding, husband.

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New Life

This chair started out looking like the chair above. The picture is of the chairs now with new fabric. I love them. The fabric is black and white plaid on the front and on the back of the chairs the fabric is yellow with tiny roosters. I have always liked the double colors of fabric on chairs or sofas. They're comfortable to sit in. I guess they're not worth recovering if they're not comfortable.

I didn't have the wood on the chair refinished because I like it the way it is.

It's cheaper having something upholstered then buying new and the frames are usually better made. Just be sure to buy your own fabric in fabric shops when it's on sale. That's what I did. I bought the fabric in a fabric shop. I was waited for the fabric to go on sale.

If you buy fabric from an upholstery store the fabric is usually expensive. It's also expensive from a carpet, fabric and wallpaper store.

Old Kitchen Cabinet

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Old Cabinet.

This is an old cabinet I bought for $3.00 and hung up in our kitchen. It has a roll top door. I painted it and my husband hung it. We don't have upper cabinets. We don't feel we need them because we have a large pantry, but I thought this little cabinet looked so cute and country.

As you can see I collect roosters. My granddaughter counted 25 roosters just in the kitchen and living room area. I told her she would inherit all of them.

You can pick-up old stuff anywhere, rummage sales, yard sales, garage sales, tag sales, antique shops, in the paper, Goodwill, Church Thrift Shops. Dumpster Diving. There is a good way to get old stuff when the trash pick-up has their spring and fall big pick-up. All kinds of things end up on the curb. Our landfill also has a big sale once a year, they sell things that to them is good stuff.

Old Doors

We had lots of old doors with this house so we used them. This one I painted with chalk paint so I would have a chalk board and hung it on our laundry room. Chalk paint is handy to use around the house. I have a hub about chalk paint. If you feel like it check it out.

The post on the stairs came out of a very old house my granddaughter owned. We found it in the third floor attic. It is now painted white and railings have been added.

Old antique door knobs or handles also look good. I didn't do this in our kitchen I kind of like throwing in some modern here and there. My bottom kitchen cabinet handles are very modern, stainless steel. I don't know if you can see them in the pictures. I like mixing modern with old. Modern items often look like items from years ago.

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Found old Cabinet.

Our daughter bought a new house and in the garage of the house was this cabinet. She was going to throw it away, but I took it and we hung it above our kitchen counter.

I'm sure my daughter thought we were nuts. She has a beautiful old home, but she doesn't like the things I like.

She does like some antiques but not the same ones I like. She has antique mirrors on her living room wall. It's very neat looking.

We painted it bright white and hung it in the kitchen.It holds some of our antiques and some of our everyday glasses.

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Frame around window

Here are pictures of both of these little cabinets above our counters in our kitchen. My husband put shelves up all around the kitchen. I have a large collection of kitchen items and I'm not ready to get rid of them. So this is how we display them. This kind of shelving is very popular in country decorating. It works well for a small house. It also looks open and makes the kitchen look larger. I keep curtains off the windows to help with that open look.

I know you're thinking dust, dust, dust, and well it's not that bad and when we clean it all takes very little time. I like to rearrange it once it's cleaned, which is kind of fun. I have items in the basement and sometimes I will change things completely if I'm tired of what I have displayed.

When I said I like a little modern thrown in we also did that with our counter tops. They are black tile with a touch of different color glass tiles, colors in red, aqua, purple, blue and green. We have a black sink. Would have loved a farm sink but they are so expensive.

Our ceiling is old beams that were here and we left them like that. My husband added two handmade larger beams made them hollow inside for lighting.

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Old Chandelier

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An Old Chandelier and An Old Window

An old chandelier we rewired and cleaned up and hung in our bedroom. My aunt gave me the chandelier. She bought it at a yard sale years ago. She couldn't find the crystals so I bought those off of eBay. My husband rewired for safety. I added the little shades.

This shelf is made from an old window a board on top for the shelf and metal lacy looking brackets. The mirror is put behind the window, looks very country.

We also made a pot and pan holder out of a window when we first moved in here and had no place for our pans.

This house was owned by an old man, he passed away and the kids wanted to get rid of it. It had an old chimney running down the through the kitchen. We would have liked to save it, but there was no way to do that.

The stairs to the second floor were mad like a ladder, terrible and hard to climb. The stairs going into the basement were also straight down. We had to redo all of that and redo the bathroom.

This old mirror I found at an estate sale. It was all by itself with a price tag of $3.00. I'm sure at one time it belonged to a dresser. It's my favorite. The kids called it the witches’ mirror because it reminded them of Snow White. The witch in Snow White had a mirror something like this one. It really looks nothing like this one, but that's what they thought.

I no longer hang flowers on the wall like you see in the pictures. I try to make some of the house look a little more modern. I don't have wallpaper anywhere. I use to have it in every room at least one wall.


Below a Country Living kitchen. I get lots of ideas from Country Living magazine.

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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it. I love old stuff as you can see from my house. Thanks for the pin.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

It doesn't seem like it right now even here in North Texas where our high temp for the day (Wednesday Feb. 5) is to be 33 degrees Fahrenheit, and Thursday's temp is to be only 31 F., but spring is almost here.

Lots of people like to do spring cleaning and that is a good time to get those old pieces of furniture out of the attic or the basement and spiff them up. I think well made old pieces of furniture give a lot of character to a room when refinished or updated.

Pinning this to 'Awesome Hubpages!"


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

DDE, Thank you so glad you stopped by. I appreciate it.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful style and I like this kind of furniture the photos are so lovely


JetsMerrafe 3 years ago

I accustomed to find high on living yet recently I've piled up any weight.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Victoria Lynn, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked the hub. I appreciate the vote and share.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love how you reuse stuff. You're so creative! I try. I buy lots at yard sales and rarely buy new. This hub inspires me to do better! :-) Voted up and more!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I love old stuff so love these lovely stuff featured in here. Especially the chairs, chandelier and mirror. I all for reusing and redoing old stuff.

Voted up and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, I do too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I really love giving solid old pieces of furniture new life. I think they are so much more interesting and have so much more character than new stuff. Voted up!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

snakeslane, Your right it must be anything designer is expensive. Thanks for stopping by.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi moonlake, I guess we're paying for the fancy 'designer' element, lol.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

snakeslane, Well that's different about the burlap wouldn't you think it would be cheaper? Thanks so much for stopping by glad you enjoyed the hub.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi moonlake, I was just checking out your new profile page and spotted this page. I enjoyed your photos of found items you've refurbished, the re-upholstered chair is so nice. The upholstery video is inspiring too. And you have good information throughout on keeping costs down. I have a few chairs that need some work, and always looking for home improvement ideas on a budget. Recently looking at the new Restoration Hardware catalogue and I see that 'deconstructed' furniture is the latest buzz. Where the top of the sofa is upolstered and the back is left open with the bare bones and just burlap lining showing. The prices were no cheaper though. Regards, snakeslane


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W

Thank you, and thinks for stopping by my hub. We washed and dusted all those shelfs yesterday. Took us about an hour.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Who says you can't decorate? It seems to me that you have a great talent of seeing things as they can become with a little work and effort. That shelving unit your daughter would have discarded looks terrific! Thanks for showing us glimpses of your kitchen and how you have re-purposed things you have found. Great job!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

leann2800 Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to add one more picture to this hub as soon as I find it in all my pictures.


leann2800 4 years ago

This is very useful. There is a lot of helpful information. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Eloise Hope, glad you found my hub too. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Eloise Hope 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon, USA

I'm glad I found your hubs; I too like to fix up old things, and like them better than new. And I have a chair needing upholstery (not just a slipcover) so I'll read the rest of this in the morning!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Good name it's always good to recycle and rescue. I hate seeing old furniture thrown away I always look at it with the thought of how I can fix it.

Thanks for stopping by my hub.


cee jay 7 years ago

I too find old chairs and "redo " them. 2 are yard chairs wuth the seats holding flowers, and another is a great addition, and sits by the fireplace. I am now called the chair rescue lady.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by my hub.


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Mandy76 7 years ago from Mount Shasta, California

I love "trash to treasure" kind of stuff.  Great article!  Loved the blackboard painted door, the word Laundry beneath it and the bookshelf above it!

It was a fantastic grouping of accents!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks so much for stopping and leaving a comment on my hub.


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twogroce 8 years ago

I love that! That is amazing, taking an average old chair and making it part of a darling sitting area. Very creative! Keep it up!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks Creativita for signing my hub glad you enjoyed it.


Creativita 8 years ago from New York City

Thanx for this hub, moonlake. I always wanted to live in the country (tho' stuck here in the Big Apple - Baked Apple, lately, due to sweltering temperatures). Now the images and descriptions you write about make me hanker for my old dream of country living. And you DO know how to decorate! -Helen (a.k.a. Creativita)


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks so much for stopping by annaw.


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annaw 8 years ago from North Texas

Great Pantry arrangement.I soooo plan to have a similar one.Jars of jelly and jam,bread and butter pickles and the like.The chair looks goooooood.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for stopping by.


oberbreckling 8 years ago

Hi moonlake we are country same here sounds like my wife and I but that chair looks incredible WOW good job on your hub I miss you on mine ~cool~cya

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